5th Annual Rising Stars Youth Leadership Gala

Please join BOSS for our 5th Annual Rising Stars Youth Leadership Gala!


These Youth Are Our Future ~ Join Us To Celebrate Their Progress and Resilience!

The BOSS 5th Annual Rising Stars Youth Leadership Gala will once again honor local young people who are facing serious hardships – homelessness, criminal justice involvement, substance abuse recovery, poverty, family crises – and are working hard towards college and other life goals despite those challenges.

Youth are nominated for the Rising Stars by BOSS and our partners — Berkeley High School, Berkeley Technology Academy, and Berkeley Youth Alternatives — in 5 categories:

  • Consistency
  • Caring for Family
  • Role Model
  • New Direction
  • Community Involvement

Not ‘typical’ high achievers, these are young people who are determined to do the best they can and fight for their dreams though it may feel like every day is a challenge. We will celebrate them with special guest speakers (Berkeley Mayor Jessie Arreguin, Peralta Colleges Chancellors Jowel Laguerre, past Rising Star Awardee Rayven Wilson, and others), live music (BHS Jazz, Oakland’s own hip hop pianist and music historian Kev Choice), dinner catered by Hotel Shattuck/FIVE Restaurant, and gift bags, including four educational scholarships made possible by sponsors!

Tickets are just $30 or 2 for $50! Sponsorships are also available, with promotional benefits. Purchase below!

Thank you for your support!!!

Thank you to our SPONSORS!!

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